Music

Bela Fleck, left, and Abigail Washburn perform at Magnolia Fest at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak Florida on Saturday. October 18, 2014. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)

Two Banjos Are Better Than One

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, two banjo players equally respected in the different corners of the Americana music world, got married in 2010 and last year became first-time parents with the arrival of their son, Juno. Suddenly they were faced with the conundrum many new parents face: balancing careers and family life. What’s a couple to do? The result? Bela …

Three-Part Harmony

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Even now, Peter, Paul and Mary can’t be stopped. During the early ’60s folk boom, their entwined harmonies seemed to be a part of every progressive rally, and since then, they have gained new generations of fans through numerous tours and PBS specials. Although Mary Travers died of leukemia at 73, five years …

Sam Smith, Beyonce Lead Grammys

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New York — British newcomer Sam Smith and Beyonce — the most nominated woman in Grammy history — are the current leaders at the Grammy Awards with five each. Smith and Beyonce were likely to earn nominations for album of the year, the top award, when The Recording Academy announced the nominees Friday …

Opera North Opens Season With a Sparkling ‘My Fair Lady’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Fair Lady , the Lerner and Loewe musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion , is one of those perfect works with which it’s impossible to find fault. And you might think that having led with that sentence that a “but” was on its way. …

‘La Traviata’ Suffers From Tepid Staging, Chemistry

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (in English, a close approximation would mean “the fallen woman”) was based on Alexandre Dumas the younger’s La Dame aux Camellias , the story of Violetta, a consumptive courtesan who falls deeply in love with a young man , Alfredo. She renounces him at …

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Rock on Latest Album, ‘Hypnotic Eye’

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Los Angeles — Before easing into a conversation about his new album with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, the longtime Malibu beach-dweller Tom Petty has a score to settle. It’s in response to an old Los Angeles Times survey …

Behind the Scenes at Opera North

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When Opera North opens its annual season on Saturday at the Lebanon Opera House with a production of Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical My Fair Lady , followed in the next two weeks by Verdi’s La Traviata and …

‘Weird Al’ Talks About His Weirdly Successful Week in Music

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Los Angeles — Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and …

Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet for Stars of Country Rap

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn’t find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an unlikely mix …

Pop Music Streaming More Than Selling

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Los Angeles — One brutal truth emerges from Nielsen SoundScan’s report on trends in the music industry for the first half of 2014: Today’s consumers are far more interested in seeing and hearing pop music than buying it. Album sales dropped nearly 15 percent compared with the same …

‘Thrones’ Leads Emmy Nominees

Friday, July 11, 2014

Los Angeles — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga Game of Thrones, defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other …

An Appreciation: Bobby Womack, Soul Legend and Guitarist

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The connections are endlessly surprising, those that Bobby Womack forged during a 60-year career that transcended genre, border and race. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and longtime Los Angeles resident, who died June 27 at age 70, was the …

Vinyl Is Big, and One Firm Is All Over It

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Los Angeles — Thousands of old-style cardboard sleeves for Jack White’s album Lazaretto sit in tightly packed checkerboard rows at Stoughton Printing plant in the City of Industry, 12.3-inch squares waiting to be stuffed with 12-inch circles. Jack …